The Hustons

Lawrence Grobel, Author Gale Cengage $24.95 (812p) ISBN 978-0-684-19019-8
Starting with Walter (1884-1960), peaking with John (1906-1987) and continuing with Anjelica (born 1951), three generations of Oscar-winning Hustons have enriched American theater and films. In this anecdotal composite biography, based on talks with family members, friends and associates, Grobel ( Conversations with Capote ) follows the careers of all the Hustons but focuses on John. His research is the most impressive aspect of this massive volume, and he is even-handed, if undiscriminating. No detail is too insignificant for inclusion; no single reaction to an event or version of a story will do if many are available. Thus, the reader comes away with myriad impressions of John's parents, five wives, numerous mistresses, several children, in-laws and paramours. But as Edna O'Brien observes here, although he was a man ``whom women had been in love with all his life,'' he was anxious and sadistic and felt that ``the biggest unhappiness in his life had been caused by women.'' John Huston bestrides this book like a colossus, but after 812 pages he remains a mystery. Photos. BOMC and Movie Entertainment Book Club alternates. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
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